Live From The Seine: On CroisiEurope’s Botticelli, What Do You Get For $175 Per Day?

@ 2014 Ralph Grizzle
Aerial shot of Botticelli cruising the Seine? Or cheesecake served at lunch today? The dining experience during our cruise on CroisiEurope’s Botticelli has received high praise from the passengers we’ve spoken with. @ 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Following yesterday’s inspiring visit to Monet’s gardens in Giverny, we spent another morning of scenic cruising as CroisiEurope’s Botticelli made its way down the Seine toward Honfleur.

The relaxed morning on board gave me time to reflect on where CroisiEurope fits in the overall river cruise marketplace. In this post, I’ll provide a few insights to help you determine if CroisiEurope could be the right choice for you.

Certainly, there are cruise companies that offer a more upscale experience when compared with CroisiEurope — AmaWaterways, Uniworld and Viking River Cruises, to name a few. You’ll want to research those companies on River Cruise Advisor and compare them with CroisiEurope based on your own budget and preferred style of cruising.

Maybe you are a Europhile who wants an immersive experience mixing with Europeans on your river cruise? While CroisiEurope may be a good choice for you, it’s not the only choice. A-ROSA is a European-based cruise line that is also ramping up efforts to attract North Americans.

But while A-ROSA schedules a handful of sailings that are marketed only to North Americans, CroisiEurope’s cruises are never sold exclusively to one demographic, so you will be cruising with Europeans and others from around the world on any of the ships in the CroisiEurope fleet. On our sailing: a mix of English speakers, who hail from as far away as New Zealand, and Europeans, primarily French.

One area where CroisiEurope stands alone, however, is pricing. No other river cruise will cost you less than those offered by CroisiEurope.

Of course, if you’re someone who believes that you get what you pay for, CroisiEurope’s attractive lead-in prices may beg the question, What do you get for per diems of around US$175 per person?

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